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Panasonic AE4000 Announced

Panasonic has announced the AE4000, at a price of $1,999. And our review of the Vivitek H1080FD has just been posted.

The review of Panasonic AE4000 is posted on the home page. This product was under wraps until yesterday, so we were unable to say anything about it. But we've been shooting it out against many of the other new home theater projectors we have in house. We are busy preparing notes on the comparisons between them, so competitive data will follow soon.

The review of the Vivitek H1080FD was delayed due to work on the AE4000, but it is now online as well. This model is duking it out with the Optoma HD20 at the entry level price point of $999. The HD20 has a 4x speed wheel, whereas the H1080FD is 3x. Those sensitive to rainbow artifacts will want to take that into account. However, if you are not bothered by rainbows, the H1080FD has some advantages to consider. At any rate, don't miss this review if you are considering your first 1080p model at a budget price.

Evan Powell

Reader Comments(12 comments)

Posted Oct 25, 2009 5:10:42 AM

By Glen

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There is something seriously wrong with Projector Distribution in Australia. We have an amazingly strong and strengthening currency, but the Austalian customer is definately not getting the benefit. In Australia our currency has an exchange rate of approximately A$0.93 cents to the US$1.00, therefore making a MSRP on this projector of US$2499 equivalent to A$2687 in Australian money, but what do we see in Australia? Well we see an MSRP(RRP) of A$5499(inc taxes) on the Australian Panasonic Web site. Even allowing for taxes(10%), it is obvious that approximately 50% of the cost of the projector is margin and a very large overhead charge for being an Australian. This policy will only do one thing, prohibit the adoption of projectors in Australia.

Posted Oct 13, 2009 9:29:26 PM

By Doniz

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Bryan, one reason we choose to live here in the USA because prices are less here than anywhere else in the world. As with projectors, I can buy a German or Japanese made car in America for less money than what the same German and Japanese cars sell for back home, where they make them.

Thank you for that, America!!!

Posted Oct 13, 2009 4:06:59 AM

By LW7988

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Byran, As a Panasonic dealer, you have the opportunity to address this issue with the parent company rather than with the webmaster of a consumer electronics evaluation site. I don't see any disservice being done by listing a street price for US consumers when that price is readily available. Pricing has and will always be based on market conditions and position. You're just on the short end of the stick this time. PS-Evan, Thanks for the timely review.

Posted Oct 12, 2009 6:02:29 PM

By anson

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FYI, manuals here:

Posted Oct 12, 2009 12:55:36 PM

By Bryan

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Hi Nelson, Yes, I can clearly see that the internet price is $1999.00 in the USA. My question to you is, if I find someone, somewhere in the world who does the same work as you, will you match their wages? I do realize Projector Central is a US based website but when America receives preferential pricing from Panasonic, you can see why the rest of the world is upset by that. You would be upset if America had the highest prices on Panasonic. Kind Regards, Bryan

Posted Oct 12, 2009 10:19:45 AM

By Nelson

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The Panasonic AE4000 is available for pre-order on the internet for $1999. Thus the street price listed.

Posted Oct 12, 2009 9:10:36 AM

By Bryan

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Hello Kevin and Ivan, I read you comments and I feel your pain. The sad truth is Panasonic USA is a market which get preferential pricing from Panasonic Japan. In Canada, Panasonic Canada actually makes money, which is good for Panasonic but not so good for Canadian dealers. The dealers in Canada look like they are making piles of money because their pricing is so much higher than in the US. In the US market, Panasonic offers very low pricing to stimulate sales but as a company, Panasonic USA does not add to the worldwide Panasonic Japan profits. As a dealer for Panasonic, we have a real problem with grey market projectors coming into Canada from the US and with the falling US dollar it makes the problem even worse. I know I am writing this as a dealer and not a consumer but the problem really lies not with the high pricing worldwide but the artificially low pricing that exists in America. I hope that Projector Central does not add to the problem by publishing pricing which does not reflect the true cost of doing business. It`s called "The race to the bottom". Best Regards Bryan

Posted Oct 11, 2009 11:57:34 PM


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Posted Oct 11, 2009 1:40:23 PM

By Bryan

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I believe the MSRP in the US is $2499.00 How can there be a street price if it is not yet available? Projector Central is doing a disservice by listing an unrealistic selling price and then at the same time is disapointed that a customer cannot find one of these to audition. You cannot offer this projector at the so-called street price and also offer a showroom demo. The street price should be called "the low ball internet price" The street price from a legitimate store really has to be almost the MSRP.

Posted Oct 8, 2009 11:26:26 AM

By kevinp

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If the price is in line with the pricing policy of their previous model here in South Africa then no thanks.

I may of course jumped on a plane and purchased it elsewhere if it did 3D.

Actually I am very disappointed with most manufactures that they have not produced projectors based on lasers.

Is this because that they would be too cheap and they want to maximise their profit on existing panels & lenses ?

Posted Oct 8, 2009 10:38:01 AM

By SoundMan

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Just thinking...if my Z3 had died a week or two earlier I would be happy with the I wont be happy unless I get the AE4000. Thank you Z3...Thank you is great!!!

Posted Oct 8, 2009 9:23:50 AM

By tesh

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Thanks for the Pana news...I now have found my Christmas Gift. I look forward to the results to reconfirm my expectations.

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